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Popular Hawaii internment film will show again at Ward

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Two sold-out screenings of "The Untold Story: Internment of Japa­nese Americans in Hawaii" at the recent Hawaii International Film Festival left lingering demand that may be met in another screening at Consolidated Ward Stadium 16.

The next screening will be at 9 a.m. Nov. 10, and tickets are being sold exclusively through the Japa­nese Cultural Center of Hawaii, which produced the film with assistance from many other organizations and agencies.

Written, directed and edited by Ryan Kawamoto, the film is the first full-length documentary to tell the internment story of some 2,000 Japanese-Americans in Hawaii, while internments of Japanese-Americans in California, Oregon and Washington have been well documented.

Years of work by the JCCH Research Center built the foundation of the film.

Little has been known about the internees and confinement sites in Hawaii until now, said Jane Kurahara, staff associate at JCCH and one of the film’s three executive producers. JCCH President and Executive Director Carole Hayashino and staff associate Betsy Young were the other two.

"This film will tug at your heart and definitely leave you with a greater understanding of what happened to the thousands of Japanese in Hawaii interned during World War II," Kurahara said.

Tickets for the Nov. 10 screening are $10 for JCCH members and $15 for nonmembers, though the price drops to $12 each for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be reserved via phone at 945-7633 or via email at

Screenings also are planned for Maui, Hawaii island and Kauai in the spring.


The most expensive state in which to raise a child, despite what your checkbook may tell you, is not Hawaii.

Research by the Fiscal Times, a digital news site based in Washington, D.C., found that the states in which raising a child costs the most are New Hampshire ($28,376), New Jersey ($27,299) and Massachusetts ($26,419).

Hawaii was ranked No. 10, at $24,115, followed by New York ($23,760) and California at No. 12 ($23,018).

The study included the average yearly cost of full-time child care, average annual housing cost, average in-state tuition and fees at a public university, as well as average annual food costs.

The Fiscal Times write-up included a slide show depicting family scenes along with each state’s information. Quite amusingly, the New Jersey details were accompanied by a photo of Tony, Carmela, Meadow and A.J. Soprano, characters in the long-running and lamented HBO series "The Sopranos."


KDNN-FM 98.5 parent company Clear Channel Communications Inc. is seeking Federal Communications Commission approval for the $50,000 purchase of an FM translator from Colo­rado-based Kona Coast Radio LLC. Yes, it’s Colo­rado-based with an isle name. Long story.

"There’s no way of telling" when the FCC approval might come, said Chuck Cotton, vice president of Clear Channel Hawaii.

The translator at 99.1 FM has an alphanumeric call sign, K256AS, because it is not a full-power radio station that would get only letters in its call sign — hence the term call letters.

Translators historically are used to improve a station’s signal within its designated coverage area, but a change in the law has broadcasters getting creative with translators, such as by putting AM radio signals on them or streaming different programming on a translator than is aired via a licensee’s main frequency.


Reach Erika Engle at 529-4303,, or on Twitter as @erikaengle.

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